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Master of Professional Accounting (Extension)

Want to become a certified accountant? Add four elective courses to expand your skills - and gain membership with professional accounting bodies.

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Why choose this master’s degree?

  • Obtain an accredited accounting degree at Australia's top accounting school, which was ranked No. 1 by QS University Rankings by Subject 2015
  • Excellent foundation in business with a strong accounting focus
  • Gain a solid understanding of accounting principles and their applications, and other relevant knowledge in economics, finance, information systems, and law
  • Acquire the skills, knowledge and professional capabilities to launch a career in accounting
  • Extend the Master of Professional Accounting with four extra courses to further your knowledge in your choice of electives
  • Professional recognition: Meets the educational requirements of peak professional accounting bodies including CPA Australia, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), ACCA (Accounting), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), ACCA (Accounting) and Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

Who is this degree for?

  • You’re a recent graduate interested in achieving professional accreditation, or building a career in financial management
  • You’re a graduate with limited exposure to accounting wanting to develop breadth and depth of knowledge in accounting with four additional courses

Job and career prospects

  • Business risk manager
  • Chief financial officer
  • External auditor and assurance specialist
  • Financial accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Insolvency and reconstruction specialist
  • Internal auditor
  • Management accountant
  • Management consultant
  • Taxation specialist
  • Treasurer

The Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) is a 2 year degree program consisting of 17 courses: 13 core courses, plus 4 elective courses.

Core courses

ACCT5908 Auditing and Assurance Services

Note: Not available to students who have completed ACCT3708 or ACCT3718 in the last three years.

This course examines the practice of auditing and the underlying concepts. Although the focus of attention is on audits carried out under the provisions of the Australian Corporations and Securities Legislation, reference is also made to other forms of audit. The course is intended to provide an overview of the audit process as it exists in Australia.

Topics include:

  • Risk analysis approach
  • Assessment of risk
  • Development of audit strategy
  • Internal control evaluation and compliance testing
  • Substantive testing
  • Analytical review
  • Auditing in an EDP environment
  • Audit sampling
  • Audit reporting
  • Contractual and common law duties
  • The role of ethics
  • An introduction to internal & public sector auditing

ACCT5930 Financial Accounting

Note: Not available to students who have completed ACCT2542 in the last three years.

This course examines:

  • The fundamentals of financial accounting for entities of simple organisational design
  • Financial recording processes, systems design and internal control
  • Preparation of general purpose statements of financial position, operating performance and cash flow statements
  • Responsibilities in financial reporting
  • Financial reporting constraints
  • Recognition and measurement of specific financial statement elements
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial reports

ACCT5931 Strategic Management Accounting

Note: Not available to students who have completed ACCT3583 or ACCT3593 in the last three years.

This course examines links between strategy and resource management as it considers the effective use of an organisation’s financial and other resources in creating value for a range of organisational stakeholders. The course provides students with a management accounting toolkit for analysing the value created for and by various stakeholders, both currently and for a sustainable future.

ACCT5942 Corporate Accounting and Regulation

Note: Not available to students who have completed ACCT2542 in the last three years.

Overview of the external financial reporting environment - Australian and international aspects; arrangements for the regulation of external reporting; the preparation of general purpose financial reports including the treatment of income taxes and the acquisition of other entities.

The preparation of consolidated financial statements for reporting entities with more complex structures including subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures.

ACCT5943 Advanced Financial Reporting

Note: Not available to students who have completed ACCT3563 or ACCT3573 in the last three years

The analysis of contemporary accounting issues within theoretical frameworks such as agency theory and the context of the conceptual frameworks used in setting accounting standards.

Reporting problems in particular industries and with particular types of assets and liabilities (such as complex financial instruments); cutting edge accounting issues and the deliberations of local and overseas accounting rule-making bodies; and proposals for the strengthening of external financial reporting.

ACCT5996 Management Accounting and Business Analysis

Note: Not available to students who have completed ACCT2522 in the last three years.

This course examines the use of financial and non-financial information for the purpose of analysing business processes to achieve superior organisational performance. The course introduces a number of management accounting tools and quantitative techniques that can be used to analyse how business processes consume resources, create value for a firm and its customers, and how this value may be enhanced through business process improvement. The course draws on textbook explanations and research-based insights of contemporary business practice in this area.

ECON5103 Business Economics

An introduction to economic analysis and policy, with particular application to decision-making in business. The course provides students with the tools to use economic principles in decision-making and an understanding of the broader economic environment in which business decisions must be made.

ECON5257 Introductory Statistics and Data Analysis

The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to basic statistical tools and quantitative methods that are useful in understanding the type of data encountered in business. Importantly, it will provide a framework for approaching economics and business problems, and experience in learning from associated data.

Topics covered include: understanding data, examining relationships, randomness and sampling distributions, introduction to inference, and probability. The course also aims to provide familiarity with the use of computer spreadsheet software for data analysis and problem solving.

FINS5511 Corporate Finance

Essential aspects of financial decision-making in business. Designed to enable the student to usefully employ the following concepts in a business environment: investment decisions under uncertainty; capital structure; dividend distribution; applications of option pricing analysis to corporate finance. Note: Does not meet disciplinary requirements for Finance.

INFS5978 Accounting Information Systems

Accounting Information Systems aims to provide an introduction to the use and management of information systems used within the realm of accounting. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the role of accounting information systems in organisations, examine the information technology components of information systems and review the means by which organisations acquire and deploy accounting information systems.
The course will include hands-on usage of accounting information systems and tools germane to the area. The course also includes a study of contemporary issues confronting accounting information systems, and a consideration of the ethical practices related to the development and use of these systems.
Note: Only offered to students in the Accounting Program (ACCTAS8404), the Professional Accounting Program (ACCTDS8404) and the Master of Accounting and Business Information Technology (MAccBIT8425).

TABL5512 Legal Foundations for Accountants

In presenting and analysis financial data and in the financial management of enterprises accountants need to be aware of the legal responsibilities and risks that arise in business. This course begins by outlining the framework of the Australian legal system and the sources and nature of Australian law. It then introduces the student to areas of law particularly relevant to accountants including: the law of contract; consumer protection law; real and personal property; intellectual property; securities over property interests; torts (such as negligent misstatement); crimes (such as fraud and other 'white collar' crimes); payment systems; and competition law.
This course is offered only for students in the Master of Professional Accounting program.

TABL5541 Corporations and Business Associations Law

The course begins by comparing the key legal features of different forms of business organisation (such as companies, partnerships and trusts) in relation to considerations such as liability, ownership of assets, transfer of ownership and termination. It then examines corporations law in detail. Topics dealt with include: the process and legal effects of incorporation; dealings between the corporation and outsiders; the raising of corporate finance; corporate distributions; legal aspects of corporate governance (including director's duties, members' remedies, and accounts and audit provisions); and the external administration of corporations.

TABL5551 Taxation Law

The complexity and comprehensiveness of the Australian tax system mean that tax considerations are now of major importance in most business decisions. After outlining tax policy, tax mix and tax reform considerations, this subject concentrates on income taxation in Australia. Topics include: concepts of income; allowable deductions; tax accounting; taxation of partnerships; trusts and corporations; anti-avoidance provisions; tax administration; capital gains tax; and fringe benefits tax.

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ACCT5907 International Financial Statement Analysis

This course introduces the analytical tools used in the analysis of financial statements. It extends beyond the accounting process to enable students to identify and understand the economic reality behind the accounting numbers used in financial statements.
Focusing on real world examples, the quality of financial statement information is comprehensively examined to detect and correct any distortions necessary to improve the economic content of the financial statements, including their comparability. Quantitative analytical tools are then used to conduct detailed financial analysis of corporate profitability and risk.
The accounting and financial analysis skills acquired in the course are essential in making successful decisions in numerous business contexts, including:
  • The evaluation of financial performance
  • The identification of sources of value creation
  • Risk and credit assessment
  • In assessing the achievement of financial targets and strategic goals
Relevant topics include:
  • The national and international framework for financial accounting
  • The accrual concept and earnings quality
  • Integrated ratio analysis
  • Analyses of more complex accounting issues involving inventories, long-lived assets, income taxes, financing liabilities, leases and off-balance sheet activities, stock compensations, pensions and other employee benefits, inter-corporate investments, business combinations and multinational operations

ACCT5910 Business Analysis and Valuation

Note: Not available to students who have completed ACCT3610 in the last three years.

This course examines the:

  • Sources of information available to analysts
  • Traditional ratio analysis
  • Application of techniques of financial analysis to equity valuation
  • Credit assessment
  • Price regulation

Also looked at are:

  • Calculations of key indicators of financial performance
  • Issues arising from international differences in accounting standards and practices
  • Off-balance sheet financing and financial instruments
  • Problems arising from complex organisational structures
  • Strategies for managing the financial analysis function

ACCT5914 Enterprise Strategy for Management Accountants

Formulating and implementing strategy depends on a thorough understanding of all aspects of an organisation; making sound business decisions requires advanced management accounting knowledge including both financial and strategic analysis. This course uses relevant, globally focused business cases for students to learn how management accountants formulate and effectively implement strategy while managing risk, using the competencies gained in earlier management accounting courses. Integrating research and practice, this advanced course is designed to equip students with relevant management accounting skills that will enable them to influence strategic decisions and manage performance.

Topics include interacting with the competitive environment, understanding the business partner role of management accountants in change management, evaluating strategic options using leading management accounting techniques, and implementing strategic plans via performance management systems.

ACCT5919 Business Risk Management

In a rapidly changing global world, with decreasing product life cycles and increasing customer and societal expectations, there are significant and increased risks associated with ongoing value creation by organisations.
In this world, value is put at risk - by competition, or failures of corporate leadership, strategies, processes, and capabilities. Developing effective ways of managing such Business Risks is proving to be a central agenda item for organisations seeking continuing success.
This course addresses this emergent field conceptually, technically and speculatively. Case studies and research reports are used throughout.

ACCT5920 Managing Intangible Resources

The gap between the market value of firms and the capitalisation of their assets in the balance sheet highlights the value that investors are prepared to attribute to the intangible resources of many organisations (such as financial service, consulting, software development and e-commerce companies). The value generating potential of such organisations is attributed to resources, and competencies in managing those resources, that the traditional accounting system is both unable and unwilling to represent in explicit financial terms. This course aims to identify these intangible resources and to examine their role in achieving superior financial performance.


Topics include: customer relationships; supplier relationships; knowledge management; best practice people management, diversity; and community and government relationships. In addition, this course will also explore advances in financial reporting that attempt to capture and represent these intangible resources, for example, the Balanced Scorecard, Intangible Asset Monitor, triple line reporting, the Scandia Navigator system and other recent attempts at measuring and evaluating intangibles. Contemporary performance measurements such as the Net Promoter Score are examined also.

This course is based on the premise that long term sustainable value creation is achieved only from collaborative organisational practices and transparency among all stakeholders.

ACCT5925 Integrated Reporting, Integrated Thinking and Value Creation

This course is concerned with how organisations create and preserve value over time employing effective business models and a broader range of resources (capitals) than in conventional analyses. This value creation process is currently being reported upon under the international initiative of Integrated Reporting (), incorporating Integrated Thinking, which is enhancing the way organizations think holistically, plan strategically and report value outcomes. Integrated Thinking focuses on how executives make business decisions that best utilise all their available resources and relationships (not just financial but including their staff, intellectual property, environmental, and supplier and customer relationships) to implement a strategy for long term value creation. Integrated Reporting then focuses on how they communicate (both internally and to external stakeholders) their unique value creation story, in order to address the question, “Why should I, or others in society, support this organisation?” The course is designed to be highly interactive with many illustrations and cases.

Topics include: The drivers behind the development of the International Framework; creating value over time with Integrated Thinking; and implementation including the design of an internal management system geared to value management rather than traditional financial management.

Acknowledgement is made of the significant contributions of KPMG Australia and the International Integrated Reporting Council in developing and presenting the course.

ACCT5949 Managing Agile Organisations

There has been much change and innovation in the structure and form of organisations in the new millennium. There is now a large array of organisational forms - from simple hierarchies to complex organisational sets and alliances. Given this diversity, managers need an innovative repertoire of managerial skills and competencies.

This course has three aims:

  1. To briefly identify the new and innovative ways that productive relationships have been structured at the intra-organisational and inter-organisational levels
  2. To investigate the challenges these pose for the concept of 'managerial work', and
  3. To develop the managerial competencies required to manage dynamic 'agile' organisations.


Topics covered include: the post-industrial age, managerial work, managing discourse, power, normative rule structures, teams, ambiguity and change. Group discussion is emphasised in this course. There is also a focus on the use of case studies.

ACCT5955 Management Control Systems in Contemporary Contexts

This course examines the design, implementation and uses of Management Control Systems (MCS) within contemporary organisations. There is a consideration of how designs of MCS are changing given globalisation and increasingly blurred organisational boundaries. The content is less technically oriented than a typical management accounting course and provides a broader strategic perspective of management control issues from the viewpoint of the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) and the senior executive team. The course is designed to be highly interactive. It encourages the application of reading materials to cases and reflections on the effectiveness of different MCS on performance in various organisational settings.

Issues considered include: the components of a MCS; MCS design and relationships with strategy; factors influencing the suitability/fit of control systems in different industry settings; uses of MCS to influence performance outcomes; MCS in different cultural and international settings; the product life cycle and MCS; and how MCS undergo change in established and newer organisations.

ACCT5961 Reporting for Climate Change and Sustainability

Climate change and sustainability are key challenges for our society and economy today. Governments and non-governmental organisations around the world have engaged in various climate change and adaptation policy initiatives to ensure survival and prosperity of current and future generations. This course explores issues related to climate change and sustainability and the implications for industry sectors and businesses. Established and proposed policy frameworks are surveyed and evaluated to highlight the significance of transparency and accountability in reporting economic, environmental, and social performance. The current state and trends in accounting, assurance and reporting for carbon emissions in a regulated and voluntary setting will be covered. Risk mitigation and management accounting strategies to respond to consequences of a carbon-constrained economy are also evaluated.

COMM5008 Global Workplace Practice

Global Workplace Practice equips Master of Commerce (Extension) and Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) students with the employability skills needed to successfully enter the global workplace. They will gain a practical understanding of workplace contexts, cultures, recruitment practices and expectations of the global workplace through a practical workplace experience and work integrated learning activities. By combining this with relevant career theories and relating this to their own career planning students will be better positioned to become ethical and competent global business professionals.

COMM5030 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply their cumulative learning, and build practical business and leadership capabilities within a social entrepreneurship context. Social entrepreneurs use business thinking to develop operating models aimed at creating positive social outcomes to reach people in need. The course is taught through genuine student engagement in a social entrepreneurship project, supported by both online modules and face-to-face strategy workshops. Each practicum experience will be different depending on the particular project on which each student will work. Assessment tasks are designed to provide a consulting style framework to both create value for the social entrepreneurship project, and to enable students to demonstrate their ability to apply and synthesise social entrepreneurship concepts. Assessments include project scope setting, a project presentation, a final project report, and a critical review and reflection.

The course can be taken either as a Master of Commerce and Master of Commerce (Ext) capstone practicum course or as an elective in one of the following Master of Commerce specialisations: Accounting (Management Accounting) or Management and Human Resource Management (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) . If taken as a capstone, it should be studied in the final semester of the program in place of the nominated capstone of the main specialisation. The course is offered during the standard semester periods or as an intensive course during Summer and Winter.

This course is by application only. Criteria for enrolment include: academic merit, genuine interest in social impact, any extra-curricular activities or experience in related fields.

For enquiries please contact CSI Students at: csistudents@unsw.edu.au


COMM5615 Systems Thinking and Business Dynamics

This course introduces leading edge systems thinking tools to enhance your ability to diagnose and solve complex business and societal problems. You will learn a flexible and powerful approach to structuring managerial problems and visualising the interconnectedness of business, social and environmental systems. You will develop skills to conceptualise and build simulation models of an enterprise, enabling you to explore the dynamic consequences of different strategy/policy decisions and identify key leverage points in the system. You will also discover how to elicit team knowledge to achieve a shared mental model among managers and/or policy makers, converting a simulation model into a Management Gaming Simulator.

FINS5526 International Corporate Governance: Accounting and Finance Perspectives

Aims to provide students with a practical and in-depth understanding of the way corporations are monitored, governed and controlled. Examines relationships and conflicts between key stakeholders (e.g. shareholders, managers, directors, employees, banks, regulatory bodies, etc.). Both internal aspects (e.g. performance evaluation, board structure, audit process, executive compensation, ownership structure, etc.) and external environments of corporate governance (legal protection of shareholders, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, bank monitoring, competition, etc.) are discussed in detail. The scope of coverage extends beyond Anglo-Saxon countries to examine issues in alternative governance systems adopted in Continental Europe, Asia and Latin America.

INFS5621 Enterprise Systems

The aim of this course is to introduce you to enterprise systems, to show how organisations use enterprise systems to run their operations more efficiently and effectively, to learn about the critical success factors and implementation strategies that lead to enterprise system success, and to consider the informational, knowledge, and decision-making opportunities afforded by enterprise systems.

The course will examine typical ES modules: manufacturing, supply chain management (SCM), financials, projects, human resource management, and customer relationship management (CRM). Enterprise systems (ES) use a single database to integrate business transactions along and between processes, leading to benefits such as efficient and error-free workflows plus accounting, management reporting and improved decision-making. The course will incorporate a laboratory component using the SAP software.

INFS5885 e-Business

This course aims to develop students' abilities to use, analyse, and evaluate electronic business technologies and to propose a business model and develop business strategies employing these technologies. The course covers intra‐ and inter‐ organisational systems, payment systems, mobile systems, cloud computing, social technologies, smart systems, and other Internet‐based information systems relevant for electronic business. Core elements of the course are the analysis and discussion of current electronic business case studies as well as the entrepreneurial development of actual electronic business models.

INFS5907 Managing Security and Ethics in Cyberspace

This course introduces students to the awareness and knowledge of security related issues occurring in cyberspace. It makes a specific emphasis on the need for ethical viewpoints, approaches and practices from a management perspective, when addressing the multidimensional challenges and solutions posed by the IS/IT related security problems.

MARK5700 Elements of Marketing

Marketing plays a key role in acquiring and retaining customers that is critical to the success of an organisation. Elements of Marketing examines how to attract and retain customers by understanding their expressed and latent needs, translating these needs into value offerings that customers want, creating brand awareness and communicating benefits of the value offerings, managing the delivery of value offerings to customers, and capturing value back to the organisation. The application of the theories, concepts, techniques and practices of modern marketing will be conducted via case studies, individual and group assessments.

MGMT5710 Managing and Leading People

Employers are increasingly demanding that graduates commence employment with highly developed skills in management and leadership. This course provides a foundation for the development of these skills for students undertaking the MCom program. The course introduces students to theories of management and leadership, including cultural differences in effectiveness of leadership, leadership in different types of organisations, and their relationships with other departments within the organisation, as well as encouraging students to engage in personal development of skills necessary for effective leadership and management.

The course aims to help students improve their understanding and competences in managing others, exercising leadership in a variety of situations and the ability to effectively work with other people in modern organisations. Students will undertake learning activities that address managerial and general skills.

MGMT5912 Negotiating in Global Context

Most contemporary university courses treat negotiation without considering cultural context. Yet, as business is ever more involved in the global economy, there is an ever greater role for cross-national and cross-cultural negotiations. The purpose of this course is to investigate how negotiation, as a process, differs across national contexts and cultures.

MGMT5940 Career Management Skills

The aim of this course is to examine, from applied and theoretical perspectives, the issues and element critical to international human resource management. The particular focus is on the managing of human resources in the multinational firm, and the associated effects of national cultural and institutional environments on the processes and practices associated with managing human resources in the international firm.

The course provides the international dimension on a number of HRM functions, including staffing, training, performance management, remuneration and expatriation/repatriation. The course also gives attention to characteristics and models of human resource management in various countries/regions of the world, including the Anglo-Saxon, European, South-east Asian and Japanese models.

TABL5524 Legal Environment of Asian Business

This era of globalisation and the rapid growth of Asian economies increasingly calls for commerce graduates with a solid understanding of how business is conducted in the different commercial legal frameworks operating in Asia. Legal Environment of Asian Business is designed to enable students to respond to this growing demand by presenting the legal knowledge needed for productive commercial engagement with the Asian economies.
The course introduces students to the legal environment of conducting business in the major and established Asian markets for Australia, most notably China, Japan, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. (Not all jurisdictions are dealt with in every semester as particular focus will be placed on certain jurisdictions in response to current developments). The course considers the legal and judicial systems of selected Asian jurisdictions and examines a range of specific topics in those particular regimes including contract law, criminal law (in the business context), dispute resolution, competition law, consumer law, and business associations law.

TABL5583 International Business Taxation

In the world economy, barriers to international investments are rapidly falling. Of the remaining barriers some of the most significant are differences in tax systems, and the inadequate coordination of different tax systems. This course discusses the principles relevant to international taxation and uses the Australian international tax rules to highlight possible international tax policy choices and problems. Prospects for the improved coordination of international tax rules through harmonisation and through bi-lateral and multi-lateral treaty networks are examined. Special emphasis is given to practical tax issues associated with international direct investments.

Please note: you may choose other courses with approval from the Program Director.

If you have a weighted average mark of 80 or above in the first two semesters of the program you may apply to complete a research training path as follows:

ACCT5997 Seminar in Research Methodology

This course considers the relationship between science and scientific method; provides an introduction to the interpretation of the key statistical techniques used in accounting research; and considers and reviews some of the principle research methods that have been used to address issues in accounting.

ACCT5999 Project Report

Students will complete a suitable accounting project under the direction of a supervisor.

One of the following courses:

ACCT5909 Current Developments in Auditing Research

An examination of current areas of research in auditing and substantive studies in each area. The following topics will be considered: theory about auditing; overview of audit research; nature of audit work; agency theory and the existence of the audit function; human information processing in auditing; audit teams and the review process; experience and expertise; independence; audit fees and other service fees; effect of the audit report; and future development in audit theory & research.

ACCT5951 Current Developments in Accounting Research - Financial

Review of alternative approaches to the development of theories in external reporting. Explication and evaluation of substantive theories and associated research studies. Examination of research findings related to the accounting and reporting environment, agency cost and financial contracting, the properties of reported accounting numbers, predictive value of accounting information, the use of information in capital markets, and the use of accounting reports by individual decision makers.

ACCT5952 Current Developments in Accounting Research - Managerial

The aim of this course is to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary management accounting research, which emanates from different philosophical perspectives and employs different theories and research methods. Research is divided into two broad streams: work that seeks (a) to explain and design, and (b) to understand and interpret the practice of management accounting in organisational societies. Topics covered include design approaches using behavioural decision theory, contingency theory, institutional theory, and others and interpretive approaches using symbolic interactionism and theories of culture. There is also brief coverage of national differences in management accounting practice and of critical analyses of the development and operation of management accounting systems.

To be eligible for the program, you need to have:

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this program.

Note: No other requirement (such as GMAT, GRE, personal statement, academic referee) is considered unless otherwise specified.

Alternative entry

Applicants who do not have a credit average within their bachelor degree may be assessed on other performance indicators. For example, an applicant with an above average mark obtained in a Bachelor degree (for Australian qualifications this would be in the range of 60-64%) may result, on a case by case basis, in an offer being made based on the following performance indicators:

  • GMAT score of 600 or above.  The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an exam created to measure the academic abilities needed to succeed in graduate management education. Further information can be obtained from www.gmac.com
  • Completion of other undergraduate, postgraduate or research qualifications
  • Professional qualifications completed through relevant professional bodies, for example the Institute of Chartered Accountants or CPA Australia
  • Relevant work experience is not a requirement but may be taken into consideration as an indicator of performance to support the application

Students who are not graduates of Australian or NZ universities

For students who have studied at overseas universities, the normal minimum academic requirement is the equivalent of a credit average grade (65%) from an Australian university, as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator. Details on assessment will be determined by your grading system so it is important that this is attached with your transcript when you apply.

Note: Applicants from non-211 universities in China wishing to study Postgraduate Coursework in the UNSW Business School, must achieve a minimum overall average of 88 in their current university’s grading system. This is equivalent to an 85% Australian scaled average using the calculator.

We will use the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR). They are the government body that provides official information on the comparability of overseas qualifications with Australian qualifications using the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as our benchmark.

In those countries where an equivalent grade has not been established, the following will be taken into consideration:

  • The standard and content of the undergraduate program completed, and
  • The standard of the institution from which the qualifications were obtained
  • Indian universities award different types of bachelor and master degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a 3-year bachelor degree or professional bachelor degree and provide all individual marksheets.
  • Iranian universities award different types of bachelor degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a 4-year bachelor degree.

Application checklist

Before you apply, ensure that you:

  1. Choose the right program that matches your interests and career aspirations
  2. Meet the entry requirements of the program
  3. Check if you are eligible to apply for credits or advanced standing based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this program
  4. Note: You can apply for credits during the online application process

  5. Have the various supporting documentation for your application. E.g.

   a. Official academic transcripts
   b. Proof of completion of qualification
   c. Proof of identity and citizenship
   d. Proof of relevant work experience (if required)

    You can upload the above documentation during the online application process

How to apply

You can apply for this program online:

There are three intakes per year:

  • Term 1 (February): 30 November
  • Term 2 (June)*: 31 March
  • Term 3 (September): 31 July

*Please note that not all programs have a Term 2 intake.

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places.

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2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
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Term 3 – September
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